Anderson - A pretty good start

"I thought we did brilliantly in the first hour," England paceman says after rain-delayed start

Last Updated: 26/05/11 9:53pm

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James Anderson said he was happy with the way England got their summer underway on day one against Sri Lanka in Cardiff.

Typically, perhaps, the weather which greeted players and spectators for the first npower Test on Thursday was not the best, with rain delaying the start until 3.30pm.

England were then asked to bowl first, but stuck to their task diligently as Sri Lanka reached stumps on 133-2.

Captain Tillakaratne Dilshan (50) and Tharanga Paranavitana (58no) both impressed, but England's bowlers beat the bat on several occasions.

The circumstances were rather different to England's last Test match of what was a victorious Ashes campaign in Sydney, but Anderson's only concern is for their upcoming challenges.

"I thought we started pretty well considering we spent most of the day in the dressing room."
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He said: "We've got to move on from the winter. We had a great winter and we enjoyed it but it's the start of a new summer, the start of a new series and we've got to try and put that to one side and concentrate on the challenge ahead.

"I thought we started pretty well considering we spent most of the day in the dressing room, it sometimes can be quite hard to get yourself up for that kind of start time.

"But I thought we did brilliantly in the first hour. We could have got a few wickets, we beat the bat a couple of times but they played pretty well too and left well.

"I thought we got some deserved wickets in the evening."


Anderson made a breakthrough when he removed Kumar Sangakkara for 11 in the evening session, with a decision that initially needed a referral.

Controversy surrounded the decision, however, although technology subsequently suggested a thin edge.

England were confident they had their man when they went upstairs but on a handful of other occasions decided not to use the UDRS.

Andrew Strauss's side have been criticised in the past for wasting referrals and Anderson said it was something they have been working to improve.

"We've tried to shut Swanny up so he doesn't waste them," he joked.

"But because it's quite a new thing it was always going to take a bit of time getting used to them. I thought we used them pretty well today and hopefully we can continue to do that.

"The slips were convinced (about Sangakkara's dismissal). With the strong breeze across, the guys in front of the wicket didn't hear anything but the slips were convinced so we had no hesitation in asking."

The Lancashire seamer was also pleased with pitch at Cardiff after initial reports suggested that it might offer little to the bowlers.

"There's more life than we thought here," Anderson added.

"We were delighted that there is some movement there and a little bit of bounce for the taller guys.

"If you bend your back you can get something out of the pitch so it's a good cricket wicket.

"It's going to be a hard contest tomorrow I think and further on in the game."

Dilshan happy

Meanwhile, Dilshan was delighted with his side's position at the SWALEC Stadium, despite his frustration at his own dismissal.

He and fellow opener Paranavitana survived some nervy moments but after a watchful start Dilshan was more offensive in his approach.

He brought up his 50 off 92 balls, only to fall two balls later when he dragged a quicker Graeme Swann delivery onto his stumps while trying to cut.

Dilshan said: "I'm very happy with 133 for two, although personally I am very disappointed that after getting in I played a bad shot and got out, but otherwise I am happy with the performance.

"I thought the three England quicks bowled well, they bowled a good line, but Paranavitana batted really well and overall I am very happy.

"Batting was difficult early on but the longer you batted the easier it got and after getting 50 I played a really bad shot so I was very disappointed to get out."

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